Making a name. Unexpectedly, a plan to create a reality television series turned out to be a failure. Pretty WildIt was a deep dive Alexis Neiers‘ involvement with the infamous Bling Ring.
Neiers was arrested in 2010 for her involvement with a string burglaries that targeted homes of many celebrities, including actresses. Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Audrina Patridge Rachel Bilson. The model, who was also charged with the crime. Rachel Lee, Nick Prugo, Courtney Ames And Diana TamayoWhile filming a series for E!, he met. at the time.
After capturing footage for the pilot, the network initially intended to focus on Alexis’ lives. Gabrielle Neiers Tess TaylorThey tried to make it big in Hollywood. Amid Alexis’ legal issues, however, the premise pivoted to explore her connection to the burglaries that resulted in roughly $3 million in cash and belongings being stolen.
After Alexis pleaded not guilty to felony burglary, the series aired only nine episodes in 2010. It was cancelled for a second season.
Nearly one decade after the show came to an end, the leads reunited on Alexis’ “Recovering From Reality” podcast. In the 2019 episode, Alexis and Gabrielle opened up about their respective personal journeys. Pretty Wild.
“I’m proud of how far we’ve all come and I think it’s important to see how we’ve all recovered,” Alexis exclusively told Us WeeklyIt was about the inspiration for the reunion.
Gabrielle, for her part, added: “My wish is to bring people hope who feel like their story is over.”
Taylor, their former costar and close friend, gushed about major life changes that led her to a better place. “I absolutely loved letting people know that deep, dark black hole recovery is possible,” she shared. “We are living proof.”
The trio later experienced a rift in their friendship when Alexis and Gabrielle participated in Netflix’s The Hollywood Heist: The Real Bling Ring. Alexis thanked the three-part series for allowing Alexis to share her version.
“I think the docuseries is so great because in the media reporting up until very recently there wasn’t really a space for the nuance and the complexity of what happened in the crime,” she detailed to Entertainment WeeklyAt the time. “The story became sensationalized and there wasn’t space to talk about addiction and mental health. We still have a long way to go, but we’re so much farther than we were in 2010.”
Meanwhile, Taylor wasn’t thrilled to be brought up when she opted out of contributing to the doc. “Netflix, this is Tess calling,” she posted via Instagram that same month. “I’m calling to let you know how disappointed I am in your s–tty documentary that I asked not to be a part of, but I’m somehow really a part of.”
Taylor made a long social media post in which he called out The Real Bling RingFor discussing Prugo’s friendship and her alleged knowledge about the burglaries.
“You guys… I’m really not happy about how much I’m featured in this. As someone who was asked to be involved & DENIED that opportunity, i feel like i am wayyyy too involuntarily involved in this project. We all know they got big checks for this,” she continued. “I as usual, make nothing lol. And it’s not just about the money. But COME ON… If they planned to use me this much, i should be compensated. Is this wrong ???? I’m kinda heated writing this, so maybe I’m wrong. But i don’t feel wrong.”
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